Apr 28, 2012

The Difference Between Efficiency and Effectiveness

Efficiency Vs. Effectiveness

❏ You can be very efficient at completing tasks before you, but if these tasks do not contribute to the career and the life you want, then you are not using your time effectively.
It is possible to be very good at doing the wrong things!
Here is a wonderful story that highlights the difference between efficiency and effectiveness.
A team of managers was supervising a crew building a road through a jungle. The crew was working steadily, clearing trees and brush, grading the road, installing drainage—doing all the tasks necessary to build a good road. The road looked to be a great success. Then, the project leader arrived and climbed up a tree in order to get an overview. After surveying the activity below, he called down to the managers, “Wrong jungle!”
The managers, undaunted, called back to the leader, “Shut up; we’re making progress!”
(Adapted from First Things First, by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, and Rebecca R.Merrill [Simon & Schuster, 1994].)

Sometimes we are so caught up in the heady feeling of getting things done efficiently that we do not ask ourselves if these things are leading us in the right direction.
Efficiency is about building a road with a minimum of wasted resources, such as time, effort, and materials.

Effectiveness is about building a road through the right jungle!
 To be effective:
  •  figure out—and write down—your longterm goals. This may require some careful soul-searching, as well as discussion with partners in your plans (your spouse or significant other, your boss).
  • Then make sure that each day includes actions directly relevant to these goals.
  • Study that state-of-the-art building material you would like to be using in your designs.
  • Play with your kids.
  • “Now” is the only time you have. “Later” never comes.
A good way to head in the right direction is to ask yourself: “What are three things I could do today (or this week, month, or year) that would most benefit my organization (or career, work group, or project)?” This will help you set priorities and act on
Ask yourself frequently, “What is the best use of my time right now?” If the answer is something other than what you find yourself doing, consider switching to the more important task.
Andy Pressman - Architectural Design Portable Handbook, pages 75 & 76

Apr 20, 2012

كيف نختار رئيس الجمهورية 02

معايير + أمانة - عواطف = اسم المرشح

   لو فاكر معايا نصيحة كنا بنسمعها من المدرس "لما تجيلك المسألة وَضَّحْ خطوات الحل كويس ، عشان حتى لو مطلعش الناتج النهائي مظبوط ، تاخد درجة الخطوات ، و الأستاذ اللي بيصحح ورقتك يعرف إنك فاهم".

باختصار هقولَّكْ إحنا محتاجين النصيحة دي اليومين دول ، و هتقَدَّرْ قيمتها جداً لما حد يسألك السؤال الرسمي "هتنتخب مين ؟"

طبعاً أنا متخيل نظرة الاستغراب على وشك .. إيه اللي جاب القلعة جنب البحر ؟
أفهمك أنا يا سيدي .. القصة كلها إنك يا إما واخد قرار نهائي مين سعيد الحظ اللي هيكون صوتك من نصيبه ، أو إنك -زي حالاتي- لسه مش واخد قرار نهائي.

   عشان كده لما لقيت حل يساعدني في (الترجيح) بين السادة المرشحين الأفاضل ، حبيت أشاركك أفضل تَصَوُّرْ وصلتله عشان أريح ضميري ، يمكن يعجبك و تطبقه إنت كمان ، أو توضحلي أخطاء ممكن أكون وقعت فيها و أنا مش واخد بالي.

و الموضوع باختصار إن طريقة الاختيار بصفة عامة عاملة زي المسألة ، عندك معطيات ، و معاك قانون بتعوض فيه ، يطلعلك على طول اسم المرشح

  • المعطيات: هي المعلومات -الحقيقية- اللي تقدر توصلها عن كل مرشح ، و ما أكثرها ، بس الله يكرمك بلاش الثقة الزيادة في الإعلام ، حفاظاً على مرارة سيادتك.
  • القانون: و ده بقى عبارة عن معايير الترجيح بين المرشحين ، و بما أن الامتحان
Open book
يبقى ممكن تستعين مثلاً بمحاضرة د.راغب السرجاني ، أو فيديو د.سامح العطوي ، و الاتنين كانوا بعنوان "كيف تختار رئيس الجمهورية؟" ، و تتفرج كمان على د.إيهاب فكري و حلقات (أول خطوة)
و بالتالي هتبقى اخترت أكثر واحد بيتوافق مع المعايير -القابلة للقياس- اللي تخليك مطمن إن ده أحسن اختيار بالنسبة لمعاييرك ، مش ناقص بس غير شوية ذمة ، يعني لو فلان اللي إنت مش طايق منه كلمة عنده ميزة بلاش تظلمه ، إديله حقه ، عشان متبقاش ظلمت حد ... يمكن يا سيدي بعد الحوار ده وجهة نظرك تختلف شويتين.

   بص .. جرب و قوللي وصلت لإيه ، مش عايز أعرف اسم المرشح ، بس عايز أعرف الطريقة دي شغالة ، ولا في الآخر هنرجع نختار فلان أو علان لمجرد إني بحبه ...؟
فيديوهات ممكن تساعدك:
أول برنامج يشرح إزاى تختار مرشحك بطريقة علمية
سلسلة حلقات بعنوان اصحاب الكاريزما هي الموسم -
الاول من برنامج اول خطوة الذي يشرح فن الادارة .
.للحياة في تعاملاتنا اليومية

د / سامح العطوى - كبف تختار رئيس الجمهورية بشكل علمى ومنطقى بعيدا عن التحيز

قام الدكتور راغب السرجاني بإلقاء محاضرة في ساقية الصاوي يوم الأربعاء 11-5-2011 بعنوان كيف نختار رئيس الجمهورية، وقد وضع فضيلته عدة معايير لاختيار رئيس جمهورية مصر القادم، منها أن يكون غير راغب في الرئاسة.. فما هي باقي معايير اختيار رئيس جمهورية مصر القادم؟ وكيف نختار رئيس الجمهورية؟

Apr 17, 2012

Discover the 90/10 Principle

Author: Stephen Covey
Discover the 90/10 Principle.
  • It will change your life (at least the way you react to situations).
  • What is this principle? 10% of life is made up of what happens to you. 90% of life is decided by how you react.
  • What does this mean? We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us.
We cannot stop the car from breaking down. The plane will be late arriving, which throws our whole schedule off. A driver may cut us off in traffic.
We have no control over this 10%. The other 90% is different. You determine the other 90%.
How? ……….By your reaction.
You cannot control a red light. but you can control your reaction
Don't let people fool you; YOU can control how you react.
Let's use an example.
You are eating breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what just happened.
What happens next will be determined by how you react.
You curse.
You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the cup over. She breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your spouse and criticize her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows. You storm upstairs and change your shirt. Back downstairs, you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish breakfast and get ready for school. She misses the bus.
Your spouse must leave immediately for work.
You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school.
Because you are late, you drive 40 miles an hour in a 30 mph speed limit.
After a 15-minute delay and throwing $60 traffic fine away, you arrive at school.
Your daughter runs into the building without saying goodbye.
After arriving at the office 20 minutes late, you find you forgot your briefcase.
Your day has started terrible.
As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse.
You look forward to coming home.
When you arrive home, you find small wedge in your relationship with your spouse and daughter.
Why? …. Because of how you reacted in the morning.
Why did you have a bad day?
A) Did the coffee cause it?
B) Did your daughter cause it?
C) Did the policeman cause it?
D) Did you cause it?
The answer is “D".
You had no control over what happened with the coffee. How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day.
Here is what could have and should have happened.
Coffee splashes over you.
Your daughter is about to cry.
You gently say, "Its ok honey, you just need to be more careful next time".
Grabbing a towel you rush upstairs.
After grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase, you come back down in time to look through the window and see your child getting on the bus.
She turns and waves.
You arrive 5 minutes early and cheerfully greet the staff.
Your boss comments on how good the day you are having.
Notice the difference?
Two different scenarios.Both started the same.Both ended different.
Because of how you REACTED.
You really do not have any control over 10% of what happens.The other 90% was determined by your reaction.
Here are some ways to apply the 90/10 principle.
If someone says something negative about you, don't be a sponge
Let the attack roll off like water on glass.
You don't have to let the negative comment affect you!
React properly and it will not ruin your day.
A wrong reaction could result in losing a friend, being fired, getting stressed out etc.
How do you react if someone cuts you off in traffic?Do you lose your temper?Pound on the steering wheel?A friend of mine had the steering wheel fall off) Do you curse?Does your blood pressure skyrocket?Do you try and bump them?
WHO CARES if you arrive ten seconds later at work?Why let the cars ruin your drive?
Remember the 90/10 principle, and do not worry about it.
You are told you lost your job.
Why lose sleep and get irritated? It will work out.
Use your worrying energy and time into finding another job.
The plane is late; it is going to mangle your schedule for the day.
Why take outpour frustration on the flight attendant? She has no control over what is going on.
Use your time to study, get to know the other passenger.
Why get stressed out?
It will just make things worse.
Now you know the 90-10 principle.
Apply it and you will be amazed at the results.
You will lose nothing if you try it.
The 90-10 principle is incredible.
Very few know and apply this principle.
The result?
Millions of people are suffering from undeserved stress, trials, problems and heartache.
We all must understand and apply the 90/10 principle.
It CAN change your life!!!
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